The Gettysburg Optimist Club is a 501c3 organization with all donations going directly to youth organizations in the local Gettysburg Community. The Gettysburg, PA Chapter was chartered in 1958 as an affiliate of Optimist International. Since this time, the Club has been in continuous service to the Gettysburg community and its youth. We are seeking men and women of all ages to join us in serving the needs of our community’s youth. Find out how to get involved by contacting us today.
Enjoy the fellowship and camaraderie of individuals who get things done and who embrace a similar optimistic mindset.
Develop new social and working relationships with individuals from a cross section of our communities and have opportunities to develop and demonstrate leadership skills locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Experience satisfaction from making a difference in lives of children as well as the surrounding communities.
Receive as much as they give!
Who We Are
We are local men and women who believe that the youth is the future of our city, state, and nation. We wish to give back to the community that gives so much to us!
What We Do
Our volunteer club raises and donates tens of thousands of dollars annually for local youth organizations. We support great programs in local schools, such as the Reading is Fundamental organization and outdoor education. We also support local sports and musical initiatives, including running a two month basketball program for more than 150 youth. For more information about the projects organizations the Optimist Club of Gettysburg is involved with, visit service projects page.
The Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Wednesday, January 4, 2022, 6:00 PM at Hoss’s Steak and Sea House. We had 2 guests, and 13 members present for our meeting. President Gary welcomed all in attendance for our meeting.
Secretary’s Report: Approved.
Treasure’s report: Approved
Guest speakers from Special Olympics Adams County, Athlete – Carole Ann Bollinger and Volunteer Sherrie Wivel.
Carole Ann spoke to us about her accomplishments in the many sports opportunities available to students and adults with intellectual disabilities working with volunteers and coaches throughout the year. She said they are always looking for volunteers and coaches to help continue this great program.
Volunteer Sherrie Wivel addressed the feeling of accomplishment the athletes and their families experience. The benefits of the Special Olympics extend well beyond the playing field.
When Carole Ann spoke, her enthusiasm and enjoyment from this program was obvious.
Our club showed our support with $500.00 given through the ACF Giving Spree.
Photo of check presentation to Adams County Special Olympics for the newspaper.
Optimist Basketball (Chair Chris Bender & Brian Skidmore)
Chris & Brian reported sign-ups are going well. This year’s location is at Gettysburg Area Middle School. The first date is this Saturday 1/7 from 9 am – 12 pm. Chris and Brian are NEED volunteers.
Respect for Law (Chair Doug Miller)
Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival Parking (Chair Brian Skidmore)
9/9 & 10
Work in progress for a parking fee, details to be worked out.
Adams County Foundation Giving Spree (Chair Joe MacDowell & Fred Darling)
RIF & Environmental Ed (Chair Lyne Aurand)
Money will be distributed to RIF which is part of the 2022-2023 Budget
Environmental Ed has been discontinued per Gettysburg Area School Administration and School Board
Youth Golf Outing (Chair ??)
Proposal for a spring youth 9-hole golf tournament/outing approved. Randy, Walt, and Gary agreed to plan this event.
Golf Tournament Fundraiser (Chair Dan Mattern)
May 18, 2023
Updated promotion information will be available soon.
A motion was made by Treasurer Randy and approved by the membership to pay for guests and guest speakers from Activities Account at meetings.
1/7/, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28 Opt BB 9-12 @ Gettysburg Area Middle School
2/1/23 6:00 PM General Membership meeting at Deatrick Community Center
2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25 Opt BB 9-12 @ Gettysburg Area Middle School
The Gettysburg Optimist Club is a 501c3 organization with all donations going directly to youth organizations in the local Gettysburg Community. The Gettysburg, PA Chapter was chartered in 1958 as an affiliate of Optimist International. Since this time, the Club has been in continuous service to the Gettysburg community and its youth. Donate today to make a direct impact on Bringing out the Best in Kids.